The Boat

Das Boot
by Wolfgang Petersen 2h29min Germany 1981
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Film details

The Boat
by Wolfgang Petersen

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

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[ MP4 HD - Stéréo 2.0 ]


  • Jürgen Prochnow : Le commandant
  • Herbert Grönemeyer : Werner, le correspondant de guerre
  • Klaus Wennemann : L'ingénieur-mécanicien
  • And with: Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Oliver Stritzel, Rita Cadillac, Joachim Bernhard


  • Director Wolfgang Petersen
  • Scenario Wolfgang Petersen
  • Original work author Lothar G. Buchheim
  • Photo director Jost Vacano
  • Set Design Rolf Zehetbauer, Götz Weidner
  • Costume Design Monika Bauert
  • Sound Milan Bor
  • Editing Hannes Nikel
  • Original music Klaus Doldinger
  • Producer Michael Bittins
  • Excutive producer Günter Rohrbach
  • Distributor Sony Pictures
  • Production Compagny WestDeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,85:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixDolby
  • Production1981
  • Release date for France02/17/1982
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageGerman
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